This book is a record of the Congress Of The Peoples For Peace - Vienna December 12th-19th, 1952.
The Congress brought together people from 85 different countries.
My father Alexander Mckechnie was a member of the Congress presiding committee, alongside Jean-Paul Sartre, Paul Robeson, Pablo Neruda, Diego Rivera, Louis Aragon & others.
I was given the middle name Paul after Paul Robeson.
My father was at this time the leader of the Liverpool Dockers Union, a CP member & local community activist.
The Picasso poster for the 1952 Congress can be seen at Tate Liverpool's 'Picasso - Peace & Freedom' Exhibition [til 30th August 2010].
It was my visit to the Picasso exhibition in Liverpool Albert Docks that took me back to the book that connects my father, a Liverpool docker, via Vienna to the poster up on the wall of The Tate.